Truck accidents caused by impaired truck drivers are among the most common causes of truck accidents in Colorado. It’s not just drinking and driving that’s the problem. In some cases, truck drivers take different drugs in order to stay more awake and alert when they’re driving across the country.
Truck drivers who take such risks often run out of luck and eventually cause an accident. And when they do, the consequences are often catastrophic. A fully-loaded tractor-trailer can weigh more than 80,000 pounds. When such large, often speeding vehicles slam into a normal car or motorcycle, the injuries are often serious or fatal.
The experienced legal team at Bell & Pollock are skilled at handling difficult truck accident cases. We will find out if the driver or the trucking company has a history of violating the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations. We also can find out if the driver had any previous citations, such as:
- Abusing drugs or alcohol
- Reckless driving
- Distracted driving
- Driving with improperly maintained equipment
Trucking companies and insurance companies will often do everything they can to avoid paying injury victims. That’s why it’s critical that you have an experienced truck accident lawyer in Colorado to fight for your rights and make sure you receive the compensation you rightfully deserve. At Bell & Pollock, we’re proud of the work we do, and we would be honored to meet with you and discuss the details of your case.
Overloaded trucks in Colorado violate numerous state and federal regulations. They’re also extremely unsafe to operate, according to the attorneys at Bell & Pollock. When overloaded trucks collide with other vehicles, all that additional weight often translates into more serious tractor-trailer accidents involving catastrophic injuries or even wrongful death. That’s why accidents caused by overloaded trucks are among the most common causes of truck accidents in Colorado.
Laws exist limiting the amount of weight trucks can carry in an effort to prevent truck accidents. In Colorado, the weight limit for tractor trailers is 80,000 pounds for interstate highways; 85,000 pounds for non-interstate highways, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. These laws were created to protect everyone on the road. Some of the most common problems associated with overloaded trucks include:
- Take longer to stop
- Harder to control around corners.
- Prone to tire blowouts.
- Cause roads to collapse.
- Higher center of gravity, increasing the risk of a rollover.
- More difficulty steering
Many truck drivers or trucking companies knowingly exceed legal weight limits. Many companies put profits ahead of safety, which can have disastrous consequences. If you or a loved one was injured or a loved one was killed in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for losses, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Contact us immediately at Bell & Pollock. We know that dealing with trucking companies and truck accidents can be difficult. We can help. We have years of experience negotiating with them and getting results for clients.
Poorly maintained truck
Trucking companies must maintain their trucks in order to keep them safely operating on the road. When they fail to do so, they put everyone on the road in danger of being involved in a serious truck accident. Our attorneys take accidents due to poorly maintained trucks very seriously. We are skilled at the negotiating table, but are ready to argue before a judge and jury if necessary. We can help you file a truck accident lawsuit in Colorado if you believe that’s the best way to get the compensation and closure you need.
Dealing with trucking companies and truck accidents can be very complicated. That’s why it’s critical that you contact us immediately so we can work with you to develop a legal strategy that addresses your specific needs. Accidents involving accusations of poorly maintained trucks can be extremely complicated. We want to get started quickly to help you sort through these issues and make sure you receive the compensation you rightfully deserve.
Some common examples of poor truck maintenance that results in truck accidents include:
- Faulty brakes
- Malfunctioning turn indicators
- Bald tires
- Defective car parts
- Broken headlights
What makes these cases even more complicated is the trucking company might point the finger at the truck manufacturer or even you, claiming you did something to cause the truck accident.
Unqualified truck drivers
Trucking companies are required by state and federal law to hire truck drivers with the proper training and licenses. When trucking companies fail to do so, they risk employing a driver who might cause a serious accident. If you or a loved one was injured or your loved one was killed in a truck accident, the trucking company needs to be held accountable.
Trucking companies and truck accidents can be very complicated, but our attorneys at Bell & Pollock know how to handle complex legal matters involving negligent individuals and companies. We urge you to contact us immediately so we can begin investigating your accidents involving an unqualified truck driver
Under federal law, truck drivers must have a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) if they are driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). The federal government defines CMVs as a tractor-trailer (often an 18-wheeler) with an attached trailer weighing more than 10,000 pounds.
There are many other rules and regulations covering trucking companies and truck drivers. These include:
- Truck companies must conduct a Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) before hiring a CMV driver.
- An MVR must be conducted every 3 years.
- Truck drivers must sign a release form allowing an employer to run an MVR.
- Failure to allow a company to run an MVR should prohibit a truck driver from operating a commercial vehicle.
- Pass medical exam
Proving that a driver is not qualified to operate a truck can be difficult, especially if the trucking company refuses to provide documentation of the truck driver’s qualifications and driving record.
One of the most important things we look for after a truck accident is history of reckless driving by truck drivers. This includes previous truck accidents and positive drug or alcohol tests. If a trucking company knowingly hired a truck driver with a history of drinking and driving, we can fight on your behalf to hold the trucking company responsible.